Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — LEWISTON — Giancarlo Iuorio and Ryan Murphy each had a goal and an assist as the Niagara hockey team beat Sacred Heart 5-2 on Saturday.
The Purple Eagles are now 9-0-0 in Atlantic Hockey. They are 10-2-3 overall. They came into the weekend ranked 20th nationally. The latest polls come out early next week.
Niagara has won eight straight games.
The Pioneers are 0-9-2 in Atlantic Hockey and have no wins and two ties in 14 games overall.
Patrick Divjak, Ryan Rashid and Michael Benedict also scored for Niagara, while Carsen Chubak only had to make 22 saves. Divjak’s goal was his first this season. Iuorio has 12.
Brian Sheehan and Chad Filteau scored for Sacred Heart.
Sheehan and Filteau gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Niagara trailed by two goals after the first period despite outshooting Sacred Heart 16-4.
“It wasn’t our best start to the game obviously, but that being said, Sacred Heart outhit us and outworked us in the first 20 minutes,” said Niagara coach Dave Burkholder.
But Niagara scored five times in the second period to take a 5-2 lead.
“After that, we settled right in,” Burkholder said about the next two periods. “I thought we took over the game.”
C.J. Chartrain had two assists for the Purple Eagles, who outshot Sacred Heart 52-24.
Niagara is unbeaten in its last 14 home games.
NOTES: The Purple Eagles only play two games in the next 28 days. They host RIT December 12 and play at Bowling Green Dec. 29.…. The Falcons and Niagara tied in the season opener on October 6.…..Niagara entered Saturday’s action with a 2-point lead over second-place Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders and Purple Eagles actually play each other on January 18-19 in Worcester, Massachusetts….Niagara is now 9-0-1 all time against Sacred Heart.
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LEWISTON — The Purple Eagles won their second game in a row Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center — the largest margin of victory since Kendra Faustin’s first game as head coach at Niagara.